Blended Vision surgery recovery time
If you know a little bit about Blended Vision, you may have noticed it treats the symptoms of presbyopia in a similar way to the traditional approach of monovision.
This is indeed true. Both treatments work by increasing the range of your vision by independently altering the focus of each eye — one to work better up close, and the other to work better at a distance.
But the similarities end there.
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Think of monovision like as the baby of presbyopia treatment, and Blended Vision as the mature adult into which it has grown. The core mechanisms are the same, but several improvements mean Blended Vision is safer, more effective, and much easier to adapt to.
Monovision was always a less than ideal solution. By adjusting one eye to work for near vision and one for distance, it fails to provide the patient with a smooth vision profile, causing a loss in depth perception and what’s become known as an intermediate ‘blur zone’.
Similarly, Laser Blended Vision adjusts each eye to work either up close or at a distance. But at the same time, it allows both eyes to work across the whole depth of vision. The eye that is adjusted to focus predominantly on near objects also works a little at a distance and vice-versa.
In this way, Blended Vision creates a much more natural depth profile and not a blur but a ‘blend zone’. The brain is better able to merge images from the two eyes together, and the result is you can focus on objects at near, intermediate, and far distances seamlessly.
It’s because Blended Vision adjusts the eye in a way the brain is more familiar with that it is more tolerated than monovision, and patients tend to adapt to it far more quickly.
Adapting to Blended Vision is as easy as popping on a pair of glasses — it just takes a bit longer
The exact length of recovery following Laser Blended Vision varies from person to person. It all depends on how quickly your brain adjusts and learns to focus on distant and near objects using the blend zone.
The majority of patients almost instantly adapt to their new vision, but for some, it can take some time. You can, however, expect to be seeing clearly and resuming your normal activities as soon as the next day. If slow to adjust to Blended Vision, you may notice a slight difference in the focal point of your eyes. But this will gradually reduce, and your progress will be kept an eye on by your surgeon over the following weeks and months at your aftercare appointments.
There’s a high likelihood that if, after going through a comprehensive screening process, you’re deemed fully suitable for Laser Blended Vision, then you’ll have no problem at all adapting to your new vision.
For what for a lot of people means clear and stress-free vision for the rest of their lives, the question of taking a bit of time to adapt to a new way of seeing is barely given a second thought. But it’s none the less a big decision, and therefore it warrants a good amount of attention, research, and consideration.
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